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Request Library Materials

If the books or other materials you want are not available when you visit the Library, you can place a Request.

  • Place Requests using our online catalog. You need to know your library card number and PIN.
  • You can have up to 30 Requests on your card at any one time. This includes Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • You can request most books and materials held by any branch in the San Joaquin Valley Library System. Exceptions include reference books, special collections and some formats.
  • Have your Requests sent to any Library location for pickup.
  • Receive a notice by email or by phone when your Request arrives at the Library.
  • Follow the status of and manage your Requests by using My Account online.
  • You have 10 days to pick up your request. Then the Request expires and the item is returned to the shelf.

Suspend Requested Items Until a Later Date

Use the Suspend Request feature to defer one or more of your Requests to a later date that’s more convenient. You won’t lose your place on the waiting list or miss out on your favorite titles. You might find this feature helpful if:

  • You have a large number of requests and don't want them to all arrive at once.
  • You’ve ordered a series and want to make sure they come in the right order.
  • You’re going on vacation and don’t want to miss any requests that might arrive while you’re out of town.

To suspend a Request to a later date, follow these steps. Your Request will automatically become active again on the “suspend until date” you select.

  • Log into My Account
  • Click Hold Requests
  • Pick a Suspend Until Date
  • Check mark one or more titles you want this date to apply to
  • Click Change Status
  • The Status will read “Suspended” with the Suspend Until date visible

To make your Request active again before that date:

  • Log into My Account
  • Click Hold Requests
  • Check mark one or more titles you want this date to apply to
  • Click Change Status
  • The Status will change to “Active” with no Suspend Until date showing

Contact Us if you need further assistance.